The situation has developed not necessarily to Kemi Badenoch’s advantage

The situation has developed not necessarily to Kemi Badenoch’s advantage

The Times have quite the revelation that, ceteris paribus, should lead to the sacking or resignation of Kemi Badenoch. A top civil servant told the former chairman of the Post Office to “hobble” into the election and not to “rip off the band aid” in terms of its finances, according to a memo unearthed on Tuesday. Sarah Munby, who was then permanent secretary at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, warned Henry Staunton that “politicians do not necessarily…

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Sunak is proving to be a very unlucky general

Sunak is proving to be a very unlucky general

Sunak’s very unlucky that he keeps on having so many by-elections which he inevitably loses, this time in Blackpool South, which is part of the English Riviera for those of you unfamiliar with the North. I cannot see any markets yet for this by-election but I cannot see anything other than a Labour gain even before Scott Benton stands as an independent and splits the Tory vote. TSE

How many Tory by-election losses will revert back at GE2024?

How many Tory by-election losses will revert back at GE2024?

Table from Wikipedia As we all know this has been a terrible Parliament for the Conservatives in parliamentary by-elections. As well as LAB the LDs have picked a quite a few seats. But how many of the Tory losses go back to Sunak’s party at the general election? Certainly the history of recent general elections suggests that most will revert back. One factor of course is that the boundaries at the general election will be different. Also the amount of…

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QUESTIONS THE BUSINESS SELECT COMMITTEE SHOULD BE ASKING

QUESTIONS THE BUSINESS SELECT COMMITTEE SHOULD BE ASKING

Of the sloping-shouldered former Post Office Chairman, Henry Staunton, whose interview is the lead story in today’s Sunday Times. There is much of interest in it, but this detail stuck out: “Early on, I was told by a fairly senior person to stall on spending on compensation and on the replacement of Horizon, and to limp, in quotation marks – I did a file note on it – limp into the election,” he said. “It was not an anti-postmaster thing, it was just…

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Public sympathies

Public sympathies

Being seen as pro Palestinian might be a voter winner, so perhaps the contretemps in Rochdale might not be so problematic for Labour and their candidate. Interestingly the criticisms of Israel/the pro Palestinian comments of The Lord Cameron of Chipping Norton might also boost the Tories however salience applies here. Things like the NHS, the economy, and dentists will determine how most people vote not events in the Holy Lands. TSE